Your questions

I've lost my job and need to move. Is unemployment sufficient grounds for terminating a lease?

No. Even in the event of unemployment, the notice period must be complied with.

The termination must comply with the notice period provided for in the lease, or, if the lease does not include such a provision, with the customary notice period, which is generally 3 months.

A fixed-term lease may be terminated only 3 months before the end of the term.

Notice of termination must be given by registered letter with acknowledgement of receipt.

A lease may also be terminated by written mutual agreement between the tenant and the landlord.

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I have just got married. Are my husband and I required to share the same domicile?

In theory, spouses are required to live together. In the absence of an agreement between spouses regarding a joint residence, it will be up to the judge to determine said residence, after having heard the reasons stated by each of the spouses.

Nevertheless, the court may authorise the spouses to live apart for legitimate reasons.

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Are there financial aid measures to facilitate paying the 2-month security deposit and real estate agency fees required to rent a home?

Persons who wish to rent a home but who do not have the necessary means to finance the rental deposit (a guarantee of solvency or security deposit) required by the landlord, can apply for financial aid to finance the guarantee.

However, several conditions must be satisfied. Please view our page on this subject to find out more about these conditions and the formalities to be completed.

I collected a VAT refund when my house was built, but I don't live there. Do I have to repay the VAT to the administration?

The VAT tax benefit is subject to the home being used as a principal residence for a period of 2 years beginning on 1 January of the year following the one in which the eligible work was completed.

If, during that time, the premises are used for other purposes, or are not used at all, the rationale for the tax benefit ceases to exist. It must therefore be repaid in full, with interest at the legal rate as from the date on which it was granted.

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